GP contract update delivers extra PCN cash and £50m for new enhanced services
An update to the GP contract agreement for 2021/22 has set out details of enhanced services for weight management and long COVID worth £50m alongside additional funding for PCNs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

CQC rejects call for independent review to look at BAME bias in ratings
The CQC has rejected calls for an independent review of its ratings process to look for potential bias against GPs from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: CQC Source Type: news

GMC reforms 'unfair on ill doctors' and could drive up investigations
Planned GMC reforms could lead to unfair treatment of doctors who are ill and drive up investigations into historic complaints, medico-legal experts have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 17, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

GPs who visit care homes face mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, government confirms
All people working in care homes - including GPs visiting patients - will be required by law from October to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the government has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Dorset GP Dr Helena McKeown stands down as BMA chief officer
BMA chief officer and chair of the association's representative body Dr Helena McKeown has stood down for 'personal reasons' after nearly two and a half years in the role. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Just one seat on each NHS integrated care system board will represent GPs
Representatives of general practice will hold just one out of 10 seats in total on the board of each of England's integrated care systems (ICS), NHS England has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: New care models Source Type: news

NHS to set up £30m GP enhanced service for long COVID
NHS England is set to commission a £30m GP enhanced service for long COVID to boost identification, assessment and management of the condition in primary care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 16, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS operating procedure for primary care to remain until UK lifts all COVID-19 restrictions
The NHS standard operating procedure (SOP) for primary care will remain in place at least until the government lifts all COVID-19 restrictions, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Policy Source Type: news

All adults in England to book COVID jab 'this week' as UK hits 30m second doses
All adults should be able to book their first COVID-19 jab by the ‘end of this week’ according to NHS England, while more than 30m people UK-wide have now received both doses of vaccine. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Three quarters of GPs face 'mental distress' after working through pandemic, BMA warns
Three quarters of GPs are facing 'mental distress' because factors such as heavy workload and understaffing have left them unable to provide the support they want for patients, a BMA report reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

NHS faces workforce 'pinch point' as COVID-19 drives wave of retirements, warns GMC
Numbers of doctors working in the NHS will soon reach a ‘pinch point’ unless immediate measures are taken to improve staff retention after the pandemic, the GMC chief executive has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 15, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

Second dose COVID jabs for over-40s to be accelerated as lifting restrictions is delayed
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccines in England will be 'accelerated' for all over-40s prime minister Boris Johnson has said, as he revealed that current restrictions will remain in place until 19 July in a bid to 'double jab' as many people as possible. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS England pledges £30m for GPs to boost long COVID diagnosis and care
NHS England has promised £30m for general practice to improve diagnosis and care of long COVID as part of a £100m package to boost care for patients with the condition. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

No response from NHS England one month on from BMA no confidence vote
NHS England has yet to provide a formal response almost a month after the BMA GP committee delivered a vote of no confidence in health service leaders and suspended formal meetings with officials. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

BMA backs negligence action against GMC and hospital over doctor's suicide
The BMA is supporting legal action over alleged negligence and under the Human Rights Act against the GMC and a hospital trust after a doctor took his own life in 2018. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Professional regulation Source Type: news

GPs recognised in Queen's birthday honours
GPs are among those who have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 14, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar - how UK GPs can help
Dr Jim Brockbank from Myanmar UK GP Health Action provides an update on how the military coup is affecting doctors in Myanmar and explains a new fundraising initiative to help support health and education projects in the country. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Opinion Source Type: news

GPs warn of 'open floodgates' as 84% say e-consultations have driven up workload
More than four fifths of GPs say e-consultation systems adopted in the pandemic have driven up practice workload - and half have defied calls to keep the systems on 24/7, a GPonline survey reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 11, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

£20m fund to speed up second jabs as CCGs told to limit pressure on practices
NHS England has announced £20m in funding to help local COVID-19 vaccination sites deliver second doses of vaccine faster and told CCGs to 'minimise' demands placed on primary care through locally commissioned services not related to the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Podcast: Greener practice, sharing patient data and additional roles
In this episode we look at data extraction from GP records, ask whether the additional roles reimbursement scheme will help alleviate workload and speak to London GP Dr Tamsin Ellis about greener general practice. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

Hancock denies PPE shortages caused any of 1,500 NHS staff deaths from COVID-19
Matt Hancock has told MPs that 1,500 health and care staff have died during the pandemic - but denied PPE shortages were to blame despite evidence of clinicians having to use ‘bin bags’ as protection. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

More than one in three GPs planned to quit within five years even before COVID-19
More than a third of GPs overall - and nearly two thirds of those aged over 50 - planned to quit within five years even before the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Candidate steps down after rules breach in BMA GP committee election
A BMA GP committee election process suspended for more than three months is set to resume 'in due course' after a candidate accused of breaching canvassing rules stepped down. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 10, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: News Source Type: news

GPs 'top of the list' as pandemic triggers 46% surge in doctors seeking mental health support
The NHS service supporting doctors and dentists facing burnout, stress, addiction and other mental health problems saw a 46% rise in cases in the first 12 months of the pandemic - with GPs significantly overrepresented. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 9, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

GPs to 'consider' face-to-face care for all children under five with respiratory symptoms
GP practices have been told to consider offering face-to-face appointments for all children aged under five years old with respiratory symptoms. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Clinical News Source Type: news

Call for GP funding guarantee beyond five-year contract amid integrated care fears
General practice needs a guarantee of ring-fenced funding beyond 2024 amid concerns cash could be stripped from primary care as integrated care systems (ICSs) take control of commissioning, an NHS Confederation report warns. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

GP data extraction delayed by two months after widespread concerns
Plans for a major extraction of patient data from GP practice IT systems have been delayed by two months after concerns over a lack of publicity and time for practices to communicate with patients. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 8, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

NHS workforce plans need total overhaul to tackle burnout crisis, MPs warn
NHS workforce planning is 'at best opaque and at worst responsible for unacceptable pressure' on staff across the health service, according to a damning report from MPs that warns 'chronic excessive workload' is driving a surge in burnout. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

MPs demand total overhaul of NHS workforce plans to tackle burnout
NHS workforce planning is 'at best opaque and at worst responsible for unacceptable pressure' on staff across the health service, according to a damning report from MPs that warns 'chronic excessive workload' is driving a surge in burnout. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

COVID-19 jabs open to over-25s and could widen to children by late summer
COVID-19 vaccination will be offered to over-25s across England from 8 June and could expand to children from late summer - while in Wales all adults will be invited for a first dose by 14 June. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 7, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs demand flexibility and support as £430m additional roles cash drives PCN recruitment
PCNs' patient-facing workforce rose by 40% in the last quarter of 2020/21 as £430m from the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) drove recruitment, official data suggest - but GPs have warned that more flexibility over eligible roles and funding to support training new staff is vital. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 4, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workforce Source Type: news

NHS patient data sharing plans need 'hard reset', warns BMA
The BMA has called on NHS Digital and the government to delay plans for a major data extraction programme, warning that a lack of publicity means patients may 'know nothing' about the plans. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 4, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

No plans to repeat QOF suspension this year, says NHS England
There are no plans for the QOF to be suspended for 2021/22 or for a repeat of income protection for practices despite intense workload pressure on general practice, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Vaccine drive boosts coverage in areas with highest rates of COVID-19
Parts of England with the highest rates of COVID-19 cases have delivered a sharp increase in vaccinations over the past fortnight, analysis by GPonline confirms. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP consultations and clinical admin workload surge beyond pre-pandemic levels
GP practices have delivered a third more clinical administrative work - including prescriptions and referral letters - and 8% more appointments in the past five weeks compared with the same period in 2019, GPonline analysis reveals. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

GP teams hailed as three quarters of UK adults receive first COVID-19 jab
More than three quarters of UK adults have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine - as ministers praised NHS staff for their ‘momentous efforts’. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 3, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP practices spared six-figure charges under pension rules overhaul
Hundreds of GP practices could claim back penalty charges worth up to six-figure sums and many more could now avoid the charges under planned reforms linked to the NHS pension scheme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pensions Source Type: news

Dozens of GP practices to block extraction of data from patient records
Dozens of GP practices could refuse to share patient data with NHS Digital as a major new data extraction programme begins from July. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 2, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Technology Source Type: news

Sessional GPs could quit NHS or take industrial action without real-terms pay rise
Sessional GPs could leave the NHS or be forced to take industrial action if they are denied a real-terms pay rise this year, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 1, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Pay Source Type: news

Single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine becomes fourth approved for use in UK
The MHRA has approved a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine developed by Janssen for use in the UK, with 20m doses bought by the government to begin arriving later this year. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Podcast: Face-to-face appointments, GP training in a pandemic and vaccine hesitancy
In this episode of our podcast Talking General Practice we discuss face-to-face appointments and speak to Dr Sophie Lumley and Dr Adam Thomas, co-chairs of the RCGP ’s associates in training committee, about GP training in the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Podcast Source Type: news

BMA demands end to micromanagement of general practice in meeting with Hancock
BMA GP leaders have warned the health and social care secretary about 'extreme pressures' facing general practice - and demanded an end to 'micromanagement' after NHS England told practices to offer all patients face-to-face appointments. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Cummings allegations on honesty 'not true', Hancock tells MPs
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has dismissed claims he lied to cabinet colleagues and the public as 'not true' - and said he had woken up every day during the pandemic and asked himself: 'What must I do to protect life.' (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: People News Source Type: news

Reforming CQC inspection model key to improving patient safety, BMA chair warns
Patient safety will not improve until the CQC reconsiders its ‘crude rating system of inspection’, the BMA has warned, as the regulator launched a strategy for improving the quality of patient care. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: CQC Source Type: news

Rate of missed GP appointments unchanged for two decades, study finds
The rate of missed GP appointments in the UK has remained broadly unchanged over the past two decades, according to research that calls for a drive to support patients most at risk of DNAs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Hancock 'lied repeatedly and should have been fired', PM's former adviser tells MPs
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock 'should have been fired' on 15 or 20 occasions during the pandemic - including for lying in cabinet and to the public, Boris Johnson's former adviser Dominic Cummings has told MPs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination in England opens to all over 30s
NHS England has invited people aged 30 and 31 to book their COVID-19 vaccination - making one million more people eligible for the jabs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 26, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Viewpoint: A 10-point plan to stabilise the bedrock of the NHS
General practice is the bedrock of the NHS - if it fails, the NHS fails. But the profession has been hit hard through the pandemic by soaring workload and negative media coverage. Watford GP Dr Simon Hodes sets out 10 steps that could help turn the tide. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Viewpoint Source Type: news

Funding boost for NHS bid to establish local banks of GPs working flexibly
NHS leaders are aiming to complete the rollout of 'flexible pools' of locum and salaried GPs across England, offering £120,000 per health system in 2021/22 to support the programme. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 25, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Contracts & funding Source Type: news

Campaigners demand judicial review into US-backed takeover of GP practices
Campaigners have launched a bid for a judicial review into the takeover of NHS GP practices by the subsidiary of a giant US health corporation - and have raised more than £40,000 towards legal costs. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 24, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news